Derby delight as Boro see off Whitby

Tommy Adams hit two goals against Whitby     Picture by Stuart Fairbridge
Tommy Adams hit two goals against Whitby Picture by Stuart Fairbridge

Scarborough Athletic bagged some derby delight in the bright sunshine at Whitby Town’s Turnbull Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Boro came charging back from behind to seal a 4-2 victory against the Blues, who currently occupy a standing two divisions above Rudy Funk’s men.

Despite taking to the field without the talismanic Ryan Blott and skipper Tony Hackworth, Boro matched the Blues and then pulled clear in the latter stages.

This didn’t look as positive in the early exchanges though, as Whitby took the lead with just four minutes on the referee’s watch.

Dave McTiernan took advantage of a chink in the Boro back-line and slotted the ball past Kevin Martin.

With both teams taking a passing approach to the proceedings, it made for an excellent and exciting afternoon of viewing for the 317 fans.

It was one of these fine balls that released Boro’s Ollie Ryan through on goal. He had a number of options, but he elected to dwell on the ball and the chance evaporated.

Whitby were looking sharp in attack though, with former Bolton man Jeff Smith smashing a drive against the post and Nathan Mulligan trying an acrobatic effort, which was tipped to safety by Martin.

Boro’s captain Tom Adams, who exuded leadership on the day, went one better just after the half-hour, as he collected 25 yards from goal and unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner of the Whitby net.

The lead was short-lived though, as Whitby retook their advantage in somewhat controversial style.

Boro defender Andy Milne was punished for a delicate push on Mulligan in the box and the Whitby man stepped up to fire home the spot-kick.

The visitors finished the half in the ascendancy, as Matt Plummer’s drilled effort from distance was tipped over by Nick Liversedge and Ryan was denied by an excellent saving tackle from Whitby defender Kevin Burgess.

The frenetic pace of the first half gave way to a second half that began in tepid fashion.

The highlights were few and far between, with the best opportunity falling to Whitby sub Ben Harmison, who bent a clever effort just wide.

Things soon began to gather pace again in the final 20 minutes, and it was Boro who seized the game by the scruff of the neck.

Bill Law, who had been hugely ineffective until that point, sprung into life when chasing onto a lofted throughball, which he smashed into the back of the net.

Three minutes later Law charged clear on the right and delivered a sweet cross, which was hooked in for Boro’s third of the day by Adams.

Law almost bagged his second when he jigged around the Whitby keeper, but his shot struck the outside of the post.

Boro did seal the match in the final minute when sub Chris Hewitt comfortably outpaced the Blues defence and slotted the ball coolly into the bottom corner.

The referee blew the final whistle second after the restart, calling time on a superb game and a fine Boro victory.

Boro: Martin, Hawkes (Hepples 80), Clayton, Ingram (Draper 71), Milnes, Plummer, Claisse (Miller 46), Adams, Law, Ryan (Hewitt 46), Davison.

Whitby: Liversedge, Wilson, Robinson, Burgess (Horne 46), White (Harmison 61), Portas (Williams 71), McTiernan (Hardman 80), Tait, Snaith (Greener 80), Mulligan (James 61), Smith (Porritt 61).